Rollins Spoils Limestone's Prefect Season
from press release
GAFFNEY, S.C. - In a south region showdown, the ninth-ranked Rollins women's lacrosse team used a composed offense and impenetrable defensive squad to lift the Tars over the third-ranked Limestone College Saints, 13-9 on Saturday afternoon.
Rollins snaps Limestone's 17-game undefeated season, and closes out their regular season slate with a record of 13-4, marking a new program best in wins in a season. The Saints walk away from the afternoon with their first loss all season, and drop to 17-1.
The Tars were led by Sophie Townsend with a game high four goals, followed by Katy Tyszko, Marissa Giannerini, and Sarah Ann Showell with two goals apiece. Both Tyszko and Showell earned one assist each for a three point game to close out their regular season.
Rounding out the scoring efforts for the Tars were Erica Pagliarulo, Ginevra Czech, and Caroline Lamere with one goal apiece, while Cat Kelley registered an assist.
Defensively, the Tars played a collected game and ruffled the Saints' feathers. Between the pipes, freshman Elyse De Lisle set aside nine shots, including six in the second half, to keep Limestone off of the scoreboard. Defenders Katie Palasz, Courtney Bianculli, Suzanne Gainey, Lacy Goodwyn, and Steph Wiedenhofer all had a big day as they held Limestone back.
In cage for Limestone, Rashelle McLellan, earned a total of seven saves while allowing 13 of the Tars' 20 shots on frame to hit the net.
Limestone's Raquel Prager led a total of seven Saints in scoring with three goals and added an assist for a four point game. Six Saints score one goal apiece, with three of their goals assisted.
The Tars got ahead to an early start thanks to an opening goal from Townsend, but Limestone retaliated with a goal of their own to tie the game early with a score of 1-1 with 26:52 on the clock. Rollins extended their lead quickly, pulling ahead 3-1 in just 42 seconds thanks to two quick goals from Giannerini and Lamere.
Limestone pulled back to within one at the 21:39 mark thanks to a quick-stick goal from Wilcox, but the Tars won the ensuing draw control and got the ball to Tyszko who sent a shot between McLellan's legs to give Rollins a 4-2 advantage with 19:13 to go before the half.
Almost six minutes burned off the clock before another goal was put on the scoreboard, but a worm burner from Jessica Aguanno off of a Prager assist ignited a four-goal streak from the Saints that put them in a 6-4 lead with 3:58 to go before the break.
Rollins earned the following draw control and moved the ball down field into the stick of Townsend, who ran the ball in for a well-placed shot on goal in 51 seconds later to pull Rollins back to within one, closing out the half with a score of 6-5.
The second half opened up with a quick goal from the Saints on an unassisted tally from Prager, but Giannerini netted her second of the afternoon to set the score at 7-6 with 27:30 on the clock. A yellow card on Limestone at the 25:48 gave Rollins an advantage on the field, and Townsend scored her third of the day on the resulting free-position shot to knot the score at 7-7 just under five minutes into the second stanza.
A quick timeout by the Saints fueled the Tars' fire and ignited a string of clutch saves from De Lisle as the second half continued. Showell pulled the Tars back into the lead with a goal at the 17:16 mark thanks to an assist from Kelley, but Prager knotted it up once again almost three minutes later, marking the last time the Saints would grab an equalizer.
The Tars gained possession on the next draw and used it to their advantage to win a free-position shot, which Pagliarulo ran in for the Tars' ninth goal of the game. A yellow card called on the Saints after the goal gave Rollins control at the draw, and Townsend placed the ball in the upper right corner of the cage to pull the Tars ahead 10-8 with 13:36 remaining.
The next draw fell into the Saints' sticks, and a goal from Chelsea Treat pulled Limestone back in contention with the scoreboard set at 10-9 with 11:58 to go, but the Tars were not about to concede.
On the following draw control, Rollins used a one-two-three connection gave Rolliins another two-goal pad, with Showell netting her second of the game off of an assist from Tyszko. With a score of 11-9, Rollins yet again won the draw, but a steadfast Saints defense took the ball back down to their attacking end. A shot from Saints resulted in another big save from De Lisle to keep Limestone off the scoreboard, and a free position shot from Prager was promptly saved by De Lisle to yet again keep Limestone cold.
Rollins put two more points on the scoreboard as they held the Saints silent in the final 12 minutes of the contest, closing out their final game of the regular season on a high note. The Tars trailed on the shot count 24-22, but placed 20 of their 22 shots on frame. Rollins won the ground ball battle 24-17, and took control on 14-of-23 draw controls.
The ninth-ranked Rollins women's lacrosse team now crosses their fingers and awaits the NCAA Division II women's lacrosse selection show at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, to see if they will earn the program's first bid to the post-season tournament. For the latest news, updates, and information on the nationally ranked women's lacrosse team, visit the Tars home on the web at RollinsSports.com.
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